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Raising a healthy awareness

Serenity Massage and Wellness Center offers a dozen skilled specialists

June 27, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - What was just a year ago a dream has become a reality for Serenity Massage and Wellness Center. With its goals in mind to educate and raise awareness of alternative ways to improve your health and create a well-rounded list of services to accomplish these goals, the center has grown and expanded to include public awareness meetings, educational opportunities for the public and practitioners, and an increasing list of services that bring you wellness from the inside out.

Serenity Massage and Wellness Center, located at 920 Water St. in Hancock, is comprised of more than a dozen skilled specialists offering services in nutrition, detoxification, massage therapy, skin care, hair removal, women's health, life coaching and many others.

"Each practitioner has come with a holistic mindset and added their own unique component to the center," owner/manager Stephanie Dixon said.

Stephanie, a certified massage therapist, offers 14 years of experience to the center and specializes in therapeutic massage. She recently received additional certification in deep-tissue massage in Minneapolis. "We have a wonderful group of massage therapists who are equipped to give Swedish and deep-tissue massage along with their own style and specialties."

Pam Crick, CMT, who has been with Serenity Massage for more than a year, recently began delivering chair massages to community businesses.

"Chair massage is a great introduction to massage therapy," she said, noting that sessions typically last 12 to 15 minutes. "Many people are unaware of the benefits of chair massage. They don't realize that a small amount of time can make a huge difference in their working day."

Chair massage relieves tension and stress; and the massage manipulations get your blood flowing, ultimately giving you more energy, she explained.

Businesses have even called on her to create an employee appreciation day and "treat" their employees to a massage.

"Chair massage can be a very nice gift for anyone and is a perfect way to create moral in the workplace," Crick said.

For individual or group rates, call Pam Crick at 281-3910.

Danielle Bennett, CMT, said when receiving a massage clients can expect a variety of techniques, followed by a short hot rock back massage to end the session. "This is my signature massage," she said. "I also educate the importance of nutrition and lifestyle change to the client's individual needs. Here at Serenity, we have a variety of resources to meet those needs to treat the body as a whole and live a healthier and happier life."

To schedule an appointment with Danielle, call 483-0424.

Two of the newest members of Serenity Massage and Wellness are Christina Irwin, CMT and Erin Hilts, CMT, both 2009 graduates of the Institute of Natural Therapies. Erin has a particular interest in sports massage while Christina is pursuing studies in cranial sacral techniques and carries EponaAnyiah line of natural massage and skin care products available at the center. Christina can be reached at (906)201-0409 while Erin can be reached at 231-1353.

Also located with the Wellness Center is Angela Campioni of Angela's Massage & Spa. Angela is a nationally certified massage therapist. She is also offering ionic detox, which removes toxins from the body and can help with overall health. Ear candling is also available, Campioni said, and it can be beneficial for colds and sinuses. "The ear candling with a sinus drain massage is a great combination," she said. French green clay treatments are great for cleaning out the pores and firming the skin, she added. Couples massage, offered in a pool side setting, is another popular treatment that Campioni has been offering.

"People have gotten them for anniversary or birthday presents," she said. "The duo or couples massage would also work great as a girl friends' or mother daughter massage!"

For the month of July; Campioni is offering a free ionic foot detox or ear candling treatment accompanying an hour or longer massage (one treatment per person). "Healing and rejuvenation are what I would like to help accomplish for my clients," she said.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Angela Campioni at 370-6007.

Kirk Hammel, CMT, MFR-1, has undergone two trainings in myofascial release therapy and will be studying under John Barnes at the John Barnes Clinic in Sedona, Ariz., for a one week training at the end of this month. Kirk will be bringing back with him additional skills and techniques that will help those who suffer from chronic pain, injury, and disorders related to the muscle and myofascia. For more information about this type of therapy call 221-3102.

Among the practitioners at Serenity Wellness is Paul Jaehnig, Ph.D., RBTI. Dr. Jaehnig received his Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition from the Clayton College of Natural Health and earned his certificate as a Registered Holistic Health Consultant at the Total Person Institute. In order to perform a bio-nutritional analysis samples of saliva and urine are used along with a client's age, height, and weight to determine Reserve Energy and body chemistry and function. This is then used to teach the client to balance his body chemistry through exercise, better food choices, proper supplements, and water consumption.

Jessica Gostlin, M.A. and Reiki Master, wears many hats at the Center. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Superior Counseling is for those hoping to attain personal goals such as weight loss or lifestyle changes. "The new term is life coaching," she said. Jessica's growing interest in health and wellness spurred the development of Pantry Raid, a home consultation service addressing how to make healthier choices regarding food and other home products. "What I do is go into their home and raid their cupboards and fridge to help them make healthier choices," she explained. "Then I shop with them. I show them where to make better choices." Gostlin said working out of Serenity Wellness was a good fit for all three of the services she offers. Additionally, Gostlin is an independent consultant for Arbonne. Gostlin said she was happy to join the team at Serenity Wellness because "it's a great hub for alternative practitioners." For more information about any of these services, call Jessica Gostlin at 523-5089.

Naomi Haycock, RN, with Foot Loose and Fancy Free offers reflexology and ionic detox. Naomi has done extensive research in the area of natural health and has gained a particular interest in nutrition and detoxification. Naomi also has available detox foot patches worn at night to rid the body of toxins while you sleep and are on sale during the Open House. She can be reached at 370-6358.

Expectant mothers can also find health and wellness services at Serenity.

Certified professional midwife, Sandra Pera, of Precious Blessings, offers complete prenatal care, childbirth classes, labor and delivery attendance, as well as newborn and postpartum care. Other services include nutritional counseling, well woman care, consultations and doula support.

"Each woman has her own unique needs that are met with safe and sensitive care," she said.

Sandra, who has been serving the community for the past 20 years, said she enjoys working with the center and offering clients the option of using massage.

"Massage can be beneficial during the childbearing year or anytime," she said.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call Sandra at 906-250-1969.

Recently joining her mother Sandra at Serenity is Grace Pera, a licensed esthetician and nail technician.

Grace specializes in facials, back facials, make-up application, waxing, manicures and pedicures. All natural products are available. Appointment times are available the first Friday and third Monday of every month.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Grace at 284-9104.

Personal care services, such as hair removal is offered at Serenity Wellness.

Registered and licensed electrologist Roberta O' Connell, of Greenland, Mich, specializes in permanent hair removal for all hair color and types. Roberta started her business, Bare Image, in July 2008.

"I can remove hair almost anywhere on the body. The most popular places would be the face (upper lip, chin and eyebrows)," she said. "It is an important investment in yourself, your appearance, and your confidence."

Roberta said it may take a series of treatments, depending on the individual.

"I have made many new friends with my clients and would like to make many more," she said. For more information, call Roberta at 281-0505 or 883-3140.

Also available through the Center is a four week Sunrise Yoga class that will meet on Saturday mornings beginning July 11. A certified instructor will take you through a beginner's routine that you are encouraged to take at your own pace.

Those interested in learning the basics about massage, a basic shoulder and neck massage and how energy travels through our bodies can sign up for an upcoming Basic Massage Class that will meet the third week of July for three days, 2 hours a day.

Look forward to a weekend reflexology class to be given in the fall which will also be open to the public and for practitioners alike.

For information on any classes offered please call the center at 482-6564.

Learn about all of these and more by contacting the Center.

Serenity Massage and Wellness Center offers introductory wellness packages which include a variety of wellness services at a lower price through the end of July. This is for those who want a sampling of the services and want to take the plunge into better living.

"We hope to meet each person at their level of need in the various aspects of their lives. It's exciting to see how all of these services can work together and complement each other," said Dixon.

For more information about how to begin your journey to wellness contact us at Serenity Massage and Wellness Center at 920 Water St., Suite 1, in Hancock or call (906)482-6564.

You may also visit us at our Web site at or e-mail questions to

Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by Serenity Massage and Wellness Center of Hancock. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.



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